Loek EssersAmsterdam Correspondent, IDG News Service

Loek Essers focuses on online privacy, intellectual property, open source, and online payment issues for the IDG News Service.

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Big tech companies back Samsung in Apple patent fight

Samsung is whittling away at a 4-year-old $1 billion damages award, and has asked the court to cut another $399 million.

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Google harms users by favoring its own services in search results, study finds

Two U.S. academics have published a report slamming Google's practice of blending links to its own services with general search results.

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Ericsson takes patent royalty fight with Apple to European courts

Ericsson has filed three lawsuits against Apple in Europe in an ongoing dispute over patent royalties.

New Firefox features will eventually be limited to secure websites only

Non-secure HTTP sites will not get access to new browser features, Mozilla said

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Twitter accounts outside of the US now fall under EU data protection rules

Twitter's International headquarters will be in Dublin

European Union slams Google with search antitrust charges, launches Android investigation

The bundling of apps with Android is one of the practices that the European Commission is examining in its new investigation

on pcworld.com

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Safari users in the UK can sue Google over alleged privacy violations

The ruling from an appeals court could lead to claims from millions of British users

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Apple sued for poaching car battery engineers

The suit adds fuel to rumors Apple is developing an electric vehicle

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Apple and Ericsson sue each other in LTE patent royalty spat

Apple products infringe on Ericsson patents now the license agreement has expired, Ericsson said.

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OS X Spotlight Search glitch can expose private details of Apple Mail users

Performing a Spotlight search opens email previews that load external images, even when the Mail client is asked not to do this

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Apple's new deregister tool prevents iMessages from being lost in limbo

Apple has set up a simple Web tool to allow former iPhone users to dissociate their phone number from iMessages.

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Apple denied retrial in Samsung patent case

The court also denied most of Apple's other motions

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European Commission slams Apple for in-app purchase policies

Apple maintained that its parental controls 'go far beyond the features of others in the industry.'

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EU starts in-depth probe into Apple's tax affairs

Apple said it pays every euro of every tax it owes

Apple devices reportedly held hostage via Find My iPhone

Hackers are demanding ransoms to unlock devices that were locked with the Find My iPhone tool, according to forum posts.